Flexi and you know it

New Flexible Working regulations come into force on 30 June. Whereas the current arrangements provide the right to request flexible working to parents and carers, the right will extend to all employees that have 26 weeks or more service.

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It’s my first foray into recruitment – help!

We run a small family business, and we’re doing really well, but the family is up to capacity. We need to advertise for staff, but are really nervous. Where do we start?   First of all congratulations for getting to where you are over such a tough few years. You have recognised that you cannot...

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I have a small business and an employee has taken out a grievance against me. Who hears it?

I’ve just received a letter from an employee saying she was not happy with the way I gave her feedback on a project she was leading. I’m the Managing Director. She has mentioned in the letter that she is treating it as a formal grievance. We don’t have a policy.   What do I do?...

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I’m thinking about paying a bonus; what safeguards should I include in the scheme?

I want to introduce a cross-company bonus based on performance of the company to try and motivate all my staff to think about the impact of their roles on their colleagues and on performance of the overall company, but I don’t want to reward staff that are not contributing.   What you describe is a...

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He’s got to go!

I employ a Warehouse Operative (Matt) who just is not working out. He’s been with us for just over 2 years and has never really set the world on fire. He does an OK job, but he’s had a fair bit of absence, lateness and sometimes takes more smoke breaks than he should. I’ve had...

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I can’t afford for an employee to take maternity leave, so I don’t want to employ young women. How can I avoid it?

I need to recruit, but I’m really afraid to advertise a role as I don’t want to hire a woman that may become pregnant. I don’t want the expense of maternity leave, arranging cover, absence whilst she’s pregnant and having to accommodate part-time working after maternity leave.   This is a common concern, particularly with...

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7 reasons appraisal schemes don’t work

In my experience appraisal schemes are one of the hardest HR activities to get right in an organisation. No doubt this is because they are one of the most crucial tools for creating a successful workforce and they touch every aspect of employment. But it’s not all doom and gloom; if we can understand why...

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10 top tips for recruiting the best candidate

Be clear what the role is – this will inform what knowledge, skills, behaviours and experience you will need which will, in turn, inform where you are going to find them and what to include in your advert to appeal to them Recruit for attitude, train for skills. Identify the behaviours that are important for...

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Growing Pains

Here at West HR we help growing businesses. As the economy picks up and there is more confidence in taking on staff, we are receiving an increase in enquiries to help support growth plans and numb any pain the people management challenges cause: Taking on staff When a small business is growing they are taking...

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People leave managers, not companies

For me, HR is all about the line manager, but line managers have got a tough job – their operational day job, along with having to manage a team of people on top – so even with the best will in the world, being a line manager has its challenges.  So how can HR help?...

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Management Training this way?

Managers are often promoted into the role due to their technical knowledge or long...

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Can your business benefit from external HR support?

The legal challenges which surround typical HR issues can be daunting for SME owners,...

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Useful tips on how to lose the holiday blues

Ready GO! It can be a challenge to regain a work-positive mind-set after a...

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What’s in it for (S)ME?

What’s in it for (S)ME? Working for a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) can...

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